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    Is it possible to have 2 soundcards and choose which application uses which?

    I'm interetest in bluetooth audio, and any and all PC based products out there require you to use the same soundcard for mic in and speaker out in order to take advantage of echo cancellation. The best mic (in terms of value) out there right now is the Andrea Electronics USBD-2A. It comes with its own USB soundcard, on which - unfortunately - the speaker out just stinks. The sound is crap.

    So, I'd love to be able to use card to plug the mic into, and to attach a different speaker to just for the bluetooth phone audio. For all of the other audio, I want to use my existing sound card.

    Is this possible?


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    I actually asked this question years ago, in fact, I think it might have been my first post on this forum, but I can't find it now, I think it has been archived. If I remember correctly, there is a way. I found this on a search,

    Two soundcards??

    I gave some instructions, but truthfully, I don't remember how to do it, or even doing it, it was more than 6 years ago, maybe even seven. Good luck.

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    thanks. that link talks about 2 soundcards, but not using one for input AND output for one application (BT phone in my case), and using the other card for all other output (music player).

    So - close, but not quite. Thanks for the info, though!

    -Per

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    Short: No
    Long: Yes

    If you're running windows all you would need to do is make sure that the sound cards are installed properly.

    Goto:
    Start>Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices (Sound on Vista)

    Depending on the OS, it will differ, but on XP and 2000 do the following:

    Hit up the Audio Tab
    Set the sound playback, default device to whatever card you want for output
    Set the sound recording, default device to whatever card you want for input

    This allows all input and output defaults to be regulated.

    However, if you wanted some programs to use the same card for both, or any other settings beside the defaults you set that program will need to have a menu to set the device (most media players/games will have these settings in "options" or "settings").

    Hope that helped
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    Thanks...helped a bit, but I think the answer for me is the short version, i.e. No.

    I'm using Streetdeck, and it provides the BT and the music audio...My first post is somewhat inaccurate then: I need different input/output for the different modules WITHIN one application...surely not available anywhere today.

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    ?? why

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    why what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by S4Per View Post
    why what?
    Don't bother, trust me. Check his other posts, in particular the "I GIVE UP POST"

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    lol...I actually just returned from that one. wow.

    Was looking at this btw: Phoenix Audio Conferencing Card and have a question into the company to see if it will affect quality of outgoing audio when not in a conf. call.

    It sits between the speakers and soundcard as - I'm guessing - it takes care of the delay properly in terms of echo cancellation. If it leaves outgoing audio not affected from a quality perspective, this could be one option.

    -Per

    EDIT: From the PDF datasheet here it states "maintains audio performance of the PC for HiFi audio applications"....sounds promising.

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    Hrrm, well that sure is a pickle there bob...

    my guess would be to see if you could code a plugin or something of that nature to take care of it for you.

    The settings might let you choose, check them high and low.
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